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BUSINESS MOTORS: Toyota aims for a clear road ahead.

BRITAIN'S roads are the most congested in Europe with frequent hold-ups delaying business and leisure drivers.

It causes road chaos and costs the country millions in lost time, fuel and frustration.

Research has found that company car drivers spend an average of 10 working days a year in traffic jams.

But Toyota has come up with a new navigation system to help Avensis drivers.

From January, all new Avensis models already fitted with standard satellite navigation (GS, GLS and CDX specifications) will also feature Toyota's latest innovation - Electronic Traffic Avoidance, or ETA.

ETA provides the driver with live traffic information which is fed into the satellite navigation system enabling the car to not only warn the driver of a traffic problem, but also to plot a way around jams even if the driver is a stranger to the area.

ETA receives coded traffic information 24 hours per day via an FM radio signal that is picked up, even when the car radio is switched off. ETA decodes the messages - originating from various nationwide traffic monitoring services including the police - to give the driver advanced warning of incidents and congestion.

Toyota is launching ETA as standard on the best- selling Avensis grades and as an option on other models, including the new Corolla which goes on sale in January.
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Date:Dec 11, 2001
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